PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, April 25-May 2: Tony Nominations Kick Off Awards Season

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02 May 2014

Jefferson Mays in <i>A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder</i>
Jefferson Mays in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Photo by Joan Marcus

Tonys, Tonys, Tonys.That was the story this week, and the only story.

Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu announced the nominations for the 68th Annual Tony Awards April 29 in the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel.

The happiest people on Broadway over the following minutes were the producers of the new musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which earned 10 nominations, the most of any production of the season. A Gentleman's Guide got largely positive reviews when it opened last fall, but it hasn't exactly burned up the box office since, owing to its lack of a known composing team or a marquee name among its cast. (We all love and admire Jefferson Mays here in the theatre, but outside of Times Square, his name has so little traction that the average Joe might mistake his distinctive moniker for that of a 19th-century southern Senator.)

The revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which stars Neil Patrick Harris (who will likely give Mays a run for his money in the Best Actor in a Musical category), also fared well, nabbing eight nominations. After Midnight, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night earned seven nominations apiece. The once-ballyhooed Bullets Over Broadway won only six nominations, and Best Musical was not one of them.

Acting-wise, three of the four actors in The Glass Menagerie were nominated. Mark Rylance was nominated twice, as leading actor in a play for Richard III and supporting actor in the play for Twelfth Night. Cabaret was ignored except for supporting players Linda Emond and Danny Burstein, who both received nominations. (In case anyone's counting, this is Burstein's third consecutive Tony nomination and his fifth in eight years. He has yet to win.) Kelli O'Hara, of The Bridges of Madison County, took in her fifth nomination in ten years. She, too, has yet to win.

Audra McDonald was, of course, nominated for her performance in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. McDonald has opened in nine Broadway productions, and has been nominated for eight of them. (She missed with Henry IV in 2003. Slacker.) Speaking of overachievers, Sutton Foster has opened in eight productions on Broadway and has been nominated for six of them, including the current Violet.

Composer Jason Robert Brown was nominated twice, for his score of The Bridges of Madison County and his orchestrations of the same show. Director Kenny Leon wasn't nominated a decade ago when he staged A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway, but he was nominated for his current work on the same play. (Try, try again.)


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